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Coach Kelly was effusive about the staff he has in place--he all but said this is the BEST group he has ever had--recruiting won't lose a beat--the QBs will be better coached--the offense will be tweaked to be just right--

 

He has more returning starters then most any team--a very good recruiting class coming in--a full and loaded offense and at the MOST important position , QB, Kelly has TWO GUYS that can play at a high level , two guys good enough that 4/5 of the division one teams would be thrilled to have either one of these guys yet alone two!

 

Schedule is good enough to cause a stir by winning yet not insurmountable by any means---

 

WE HEAD INTO SPRING SEASON #6 FOR KELLY---

 

On paper our roster has everything any coach needs---and according to Kelly our staff could not be better---even intimating that he was ONLY able to get the coaches he needed because other guys chose to leave....

 

IF I WAS INTERESTED IN PUMPING UP THE BOARD --IF I WAS INTERESTED IN CHEERLEADING FOR 2015----there is more material then any cheerleader could want to pitch positive----

 

BUT THIS SEASON--all I want to see is RESULTS---THATS R-E-S-U-L-T-S!!

 

Excuses last year were many--injuries, inexperience, tough schedules, turnovers etc etc ---

 

I have ZERO interest in excuses for 2015---

 

Kelly simple MUST FIELD A TOP TEN TEAM and couple that with a top ten class----

 

9 wins just WILL NOT NEARLY DO!

 

Kelly says money was never an issue for the coaches that left--he says he has all the resources he could want to get whomever he wants and he has and he;s thrilled with them---recruiting has been steady and strong and Kelly says will continue--- OUR COACH SEEMS TOTALLY HAPPY!!

 

That's great for Coach--but this season he has to make US TOTALL HAPPY!!

 

His resume at ND is all about 2012--after that its simply OKish to mediocre---

 

Kelly must give us more then close--more then almost--more then wait till next year--HE MUST WIN VERY VERY BIG IN 2015!

 

If not the dye will likely be cast that we will never be more then OK under this coach---

 

Kelly said again today that its all about national titles not coaching titles---

 

I AGREE!!!

 

Time to produce a championship caliber team --NOW!

 

aloha's go irish!

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The only thing really tempering my expectations for the upcoming season is the schedule. No rest for the weary with that thing, but this team is stocked, the contributors are battle-tested, and (I sure hope anyway) they should be driven to atone for that mess of a late season last year. That's where - even though I think momentum is over-hyped - there was nice 'mo' provided by that LSU victory.

 

Okay, I'm also a little concerned about the defense, but I have a feeling they over-perform this season.

 

Not saying it's playoffs or bust for me, but if we don't win 10, and even have an argument that we might've let the other 2 "get away," it'll be pretty disappointing.

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I like the staff, and REALLY like the boost in specialist/advisor roles. All the other big boys are using them, and when you think about all a head coach at ND has on his plate, it has to be a good thing that BK can delegate some mental heavy lifting.

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The flaw in that is he has to make Jack Swarbrick happy, not us!

 

Swarbrick said he was on the "very cold seat"

 

3 bowl wins in 5 years. one title game appearance

 

I don't think 2015 is make or break, but your right hawaii, its a great opportunity

 

It's make or break in the sense of big money donors and fans as a whole. If he doesn't win very big this coming year, his support will be gone with those that remain optimistic that he can win a national championship. If he doesn't win big this year and loses that support, it will only be a matter of time, regardless of Swarbrick's comments. Money will always talk at Notre Dame.

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It's make or break in the sense of big money donors and fans as a whole. If he doesn't win very big this coming year, his support will be gone with those that remain optimistic that he can win a national championship. If he doesn't win big this year and loses that support, it will only be a matter of time, regardless of Swarbrick's comments. Money will always talk at Notre Dame.

 

good point. but then would the same donors wanna pay Kelly for 3 after just finishing paying Charlie for 5 for Not coaching ND?

 

Kelly has had way more success then Weis and has not cost as much. I doubt very seriously that we'll be paying someone "not to coach" anytime soon,

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Faith and I will continue shaking the pom poms. I'm totally convinced that 2015 will be the best team in the Kelly era and that includes 2012. All the stars have aligned. Depth is at an all time high. Two qb's good to go is a luxury even Alabama does not have.

 

This, however, is a violent game. It is possible to lose even two quarterbacks (see Ohio State). But I'm starting to think that we are in a very similar position to Ohio State in that we could sustain losses and keep on truckin. After this next season I predict Hawaii will be firmly back leading his pack of Optimists.

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I like the staff, and REALLY like the boost in specialist/advisor roles. All the other big boys are using them, and when you think about all a head coach at ND has on his plate, it has to be a good thing that BK can delegate some mental heavy lifting.

 

Can one of these specialist/adviser coaches please be joined at the hip with the special teams coach? Pretty please? ;)

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good point. but then would the same donors wanna pay Kelly for 3 after just finishing paying Charlie for 5 for Not coaching ND?

 

Kelly has had way more success then Weis and has not cost as much. I doubt very seriously that we'll be paying someone "not to coach" anytime soon,

 

Yes, I firmly believe several very big donors would be willing to cover his contract. He's done better than every coach post Holtz, but that's not saying much in the end, considering historical standards and expectations still held by big money donors.

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Not only do I want to see wins, I want to see some killer instinct. Aside from a couple of games, ND has really struggled to put teams away in the Kelly era. I want to see this team get up a couple of touchdowns and then not let up and make things more interesting than they need to be

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Not only do I want to see wins, I want to see some killer instinct. Aside from a couple of games, ND has really struggled to put teams away in the Kelly era. I want to see this team get up a couple of touchdowns and then not let up and make things more interesting than they need to be

 

That's my biggest reason for doubting. It takes lights out from ND to beat good/great teams (or come close to winning like in FSU) but BK's teams just don't have, as you stated, the killer instinct. There is no reason to be playing close games against inferior opponents and then stating, "it's team xyz's superbowl when they play us". Nonsense. It might be their superbowl, but if you're a much better team it should show on the field.

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That's my biggest reason for doubting. It takes lights out from ND to beat good/great teams (or come close to winning like in FSU) but BK's teams just don't have, as you stated, the killer instinct. There is no reason to be playing close games against inferior opponents and then stating, "it's team xyz's superbowl when they play us". Nonsense. It might be their superbowl, but if you're a much better team it should show on the field.

 

But, if ND won every game by 1 point, they would be the NC.

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But, if ND won every game by 1 point, they would be the NC.

 

And then surely get beat by whatever team dominated the bad teams on their schedule, which is exactly what happened in 2012. And ND beat several teams by way more than 1 point. Problem was, they only scored an average of like 21 points a game, even against some inferior teams.

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I'm still cautious. This team is very, very good on paper (assuming nobody gets expelled or suspended). However, the schedule is tough. Texas is not going to be an easy opening game. On the road at Death Valley and Georgia Tech is a superiorly talented version of Navy, who has lit up ND every year. USC is a top 10 team, loads of elite talent and speed at the skill positions and a massive OL. Finishing up on the road vs an improved Stanford team is not ideal either.

 

All that being said, it's hard to believe a 1-Loss ND team wouldn't make the playoffs, if all of those teams perform or exceed their expectations.

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